Castle Valley Comments
August 14, 2014
by Ron Drake
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More than 40 Castle Valley residents packed into the Town Hall Tuesday evening, Aug. 12 to attend a public hearing regarding the proposed tax increase for the fiscal year 2015. Twenty-one of those attending voiced their concerns or support, and another six people sent letters to the Castle Valley Town Council, which were read to the audience. Nearly everyone who spoke or wrote letters supported a tax increase, saying that an increase was probably long overdue, although some thought a 100 percent increase was extreme.

Council member Tory Hill, who also serves as the town treasurer, and Mayor Dave Erley began the hearing by presenting an argument for the large tax increase, citing the old road equipment and the $18,000 in repair bills during the past year. As a result, they want to lease a new grader and backhoe, salt money away for a new structure to replace the 35 year-old culvert at Castle Creek, spend money for an important water study and continue to put money aside for the eventual repaving of Castle Valley Drive.

After the public hearing, the council went into a special meeting where Hill made a motion to postpone the vote until Thursday, Aug. 14. She said that she will crunch the numbers and try to come up with a lower, permanent tax increase. The results of the council’s vote, along with comments from the public hearing, will appear next week in this column.


One of the things that I remember growing up in southern California during the summer months as a kid is the Good Humor ice cream trucks. They would traverse the neighborhood streets with their bells ringing to alert residents of the approaching frozen treats. Good Humor hasn’t operated its fleet of trucks since 1978, but other private vendors still operate ice cream trucks across the country.

I’ve noticed a few ice cream vendors in Moab over the years but not on a regular basis as far as I can tell, and they certainly have not found their way to Castle Valley — until this summer. Jason Harvey of Moab operates Hippy’s Ice Cream during the hot afternoons in Moab. But he also ventures out to Castle Valley every Sunday afternoon and can be found in Spanish Valley on Saturdays. He travels every side street in the valley, alternating each week between the upper streets and lower streets off of Castle Valley Drive. He says that his trips to Castle Valley are not very profitable but he keeps making the trek out here to see if business will pick up.

He bought the ice cream truck business a couple of years ago from a couple in Moab who were operating the business there but got too busy with other ventures. Harvey doesn’t consider himself a hippy but he said that he inherited the name from neighborhood people when he lived in Thompson Springs so he decided to name the business after his new moniker. He also details cars, cuts grass during the day and has worked as a cook in Las Vegas, something he will probably do in Moab during the winter months.

The sight of the truck and the sound of the catchy little recorded jingle arouse nostalgia as the personable Harvey drives up and down the Castle Valley streets. My neighbor, Roni Hemsley, said that she couldn’t believe her ears when she heard the ice cream truck go up our street. She said the song reminded her of a Girl Scout song she used to sing in her youth, and she had to run out and make a purchase. Harvey sells a large variety of frozen treats as well as sodas and cold bottled water during these hot summer afternoons, and his prices are quite reasonable.


Pat and I are in the process of repainting some of the interior walls after 25 years of living in our house, and we are also replacing some of the appliances. One of those appliances is a microwave oven that still sort of works after we figured out its little quirks. We bought the microwave from Lightfoot TV and Appliance in Moab sometime in the mid-1980s, years before we needed it. But we couldn’t pass it up because it was on sale. It had been on display in the showroom for about five years and they were anxious to part with the oven and the display furniture to make room for newer models.

The metal tag on the Litton microwave says that it was manufactured in August of 1982. It still worked when we replaced it but it would only operate for two minutes at a time and only if the timer was set between four and six minutes. It was built before the push-button models came out so the timer, heat functions and other options were set using a round dial. It served us faithfully for all these years and I really hated to replace the old Litton because I know that our new, modern appliance won’t last nearly as long as the old one did.

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